Lawmakers upset over older judges pensions

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The typically routine process of confirming state judges is turning into a testy debate about Connecticut’s system for awarding judicial pensions worth about $100,000 a year.

Lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives voiced concerns Friday about confirming older judges who won’t finish a full eight-year term before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Democratic Rep. Steven Mikutel called on the legislature to change the process before confirming any more judges.

Despite the concerns, the Senate approved on Friday the nomination of former New Haven Sen. Anthony Avallone, a 66-year-old attorney. The House also voted to confirm 66-year-old Timothy Bates of Noank. Both require additional legislative action.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. urged his colleagues not to oppose the qualified nominees out of anger over the pensions.

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